With a new Blue Heeler, do you ever think about neutering your dog and wondering when the right time is?
This article will provide details about the neutering process and when it is best to have this surgery done.
When Should A Blue Heeler Be Neutered?
The best time to get your Blue Heeler neutered is when they are under one year of age. A good time to have this procedure done may be during the middle of their first year when their reproductive organs are developed.
In truth, there is no right or wrong time per se.
Each pet parent and veterinarian will determine what is best. There are many things to consider, such as the dog’s health and development.
Generally speaking, those who wish to have their Blue Heeler neutered may not want to do it in the first weeks home from the breeder.
This time is a time of transition for them and can be stressful on their bodies.
Aside from that, their bodies are tiny, and the Blue Heelers’ reproductive organs are not yet developed.
Many changes happen during the first weeks of life for a Blue Heeler, which should be considered first.
Consultation with their veterinarian is critical.
Their veterinarian knows their body and the particular breed.
They can offer insight into standard practice and options and help the pet parent make an informed decision.
In the rescue and shelter world, it is common practice to neuter a dog as soon as they are welcome into the facility to prevent pregnancy.
This choice reduces future pet populations and is done for a reason.
While there is no concrete evidence that sooner rather than later is better or worse, each family must choose. Some parents will choose to wait until closer to a year.
This choice can be suitable for the family, but evidence shows that neutering at the midpoint of the first year is a good choice.
Doing so at this time can promote future health and wellness while reducing the chance of unwanted pregnancies.
Studies show neutering at this time can reduce cancers of the reproductive organs as well as other areas of the body.
Neutering can also promote calmness in a male Blue Heeler and less dominance or aggression.
While anecdotal and not evidence-based, this calmness and less aggression can be helpful in families.
However, each family will make their own choice on this matter, neither right nor wrong.
Whenever the neutering takes place, there are things to consider before the surgery is done.
What should I do before I have my Blue Heeler neutered?
Before you have your Blue Heeler neutered, they should see their veterinarian and ensure they are healthy for the surgery. After that, they should be eating a healthy diet.
While this may seem like a given, a healthy diet is vitally important before and after surgery.
The Blue Heelers diet should be adequate and healthy, so they pass through the surgery without issue.
It is also essential that they receive a healthy diet before the surgery so that they recover better.
While the surgery is not a difficult one, the healthier the diet, the easier it will be to recover.
Another area that should be addressed before a dog is neutered is sleep.
Sleep is vital for a Blue Heelers overall health and wellness.
Ensuring that the Blue Heeler gets adequate sleep beforehand will also help them pass through surgery easily and heal faster. This is also true for stress.
Stress can weaken a dog’s immune system; therefore, anything that can be done to reduce stress is always helpful.
Reducing stress and anxiety and perhaps keeping household traffic to a minimum beforehand can ensure they are healthy.
Aside from these, making sure they don’t have a cold or another issue before the surgery makes it smoother and their recovery quicker and uneventful.
Overall health should be addressed beforehand, but also after the surgery as well.
What should I be doing after my Blue Heeler is neutered?
Once your Blue Heeler has the neutering surgery, they will need to recover for a short period before resuming their everyday lifestyle.
This recovery will typically include using a protective head device that will prevent them from hurting the surgery site.
This can add confusion and sometimes stress to their life.
Preparation should be in order at this time, with lots of time devoted to love and attention.
Snuggles, hugs, playtime, and lots of love will be needed to keep them from feeling stressed about the head device.
With that, they should also be eating a healthy diet that aids in their physical recovery.
They should get plenty of rest and have other unnecessary stressors removed for the short term.
These steps and contact with their veterinarian as needed will promote a smooth recovery and return to their life as usual soon enough.
Is neutering surgery and recovery difficult?
No, the neutering surgery is not difficult, provided that your Blue Heeler is a healthy dog at the start. Like many other surgeries, this surgery usually passes uneventfully, but your dogs’ health issues, if any exist, need to be considered beforehand.
Once your dogs’ health is considered, the surgery will include your dog being placed under anesthesia for the surgery, which can have its own issues.
If your dog is healthy and doesn’t suffer allergies, it shouldn’t suffer any problems.
The surgery will have your dog feeling pain.
Therefore the surgeon will administer pain medications to alleviate this problem.
These will need to be continued for a short time when they go home.
In about ten to fourteen days, your dog’s incision will be healed.
During this recovery time, they should not bathe or swim.
It should be noted that some dogs come home from this surgery not feeling like themselves emotionally.
There can sometimes be dramatic changes to their personality and attitude, with a wide range of possibilities.
Clinginess, depression, anxiety, aggression, or numerous other emotions and behaviors can crop up at this time.
Pet parents should be prepared for the roller coaster with lots of love, patience and reducing visitors and household stress.
Thankfully this time is short-lived, and before long, your Blue Heeler will be back to doing the things they love to do every day.
Neutering your dog is an individual choice.
Not every pet parent will choose to do it at the same time in their dog’s life.
Whatever time is chosen, the procedure is straightforward, but the parents must make sure they and their dog are prepared.
When all is said and done, you will have the knowledge that you are reducing the chance of unwanted litters of puppies.
Also, you will know that you have taken care of your dogs’ needs whenever the time is right to do this surgery.